Our Saturday morning breakfast ritual when visiting my in-laws in Hilton is a visit to the popular Karkloof Farmers Market. I’m a huge market fan and I must admit that the Karkloof Market is probably my most favourite. It just seems to tick all the boxes; a large, weather proof shed, plenty of seating in the form of cosy conversation areas and tables with benches, good coffee, plenty of parking and of course the most important of all, loads of lovely things to eat and bits to buy! Continued
Ever stayed in a B&B or self-catering unit where there were a couple of things you knew would just make the place sing, but did not have the courage to write it in the guest book? I have … more than once.
I’ve travelled a great deal around South Africa, staying mostly in modest self-catering accommodation and in B&Bs, some of them delightfully quirky, others bordering on objectionable (particularly as there seems to be a regular rate, regardless of standard).
Some have wowed me while others have left me feeling resentful at having to pay hard-earned cash for an uncomfortable night. And I’m not difficult to please… Continued
South African’s are smart thinkers. Our list of 7 unique South African creations are either charming or innovatively functional. Some are both.
Either way, you’ve got to love them. Want them. And head to our shores to get them. Continued
I am so looking forward to this weekend; we are meandering our way to the village of Hilton and will be attending not one, not two but three productions at the Hilton Arts Festival! Now in its 22nd year, the Festival, which takes place from September 18th to 21st at the very beautiful Hilton College, is the largest theatrical event of its kind in KwaZulu Natal.
There are a large number of different events happening over the four days of the festival and they range in genre from drama, comedy, physical theatre, music, cabaret, mindscape, performing arts, children’s theatre, music revival, children’s workshops, adults workshops and supper theatre. Continued
You are on a road trip and someone comes down with earache, a rash, a sore throat or needs a little help with the daily, well, let’s just say that they need help.
And there is not a pharmacy in sight. Fear not. There is help at hand. As close as the side of the road.
Kwelera’s 164 hectares form a narrow strip of coast that runs parallel to the Indian Ocean for about five kilometres, between the beachside town of Gonubie and where the Kwelera River meets the sea just north-east of East London.
Few of us know anything about this small, unobtrusive nature reserve. Yet since late July it is the country’s 10th National Botanical Garden.
Kwelera, or Kwelegha (the ‘r’ is pronoucned as a ‘gh’ as in loch), comes from the Khoi language and means place of aloes (the Eastern Cape’s emblem). Continued
Johannesburg - dynamic, edgy; as electric as the storms that brew on hot summer’s evenings. It sprawls as wide as the eye can see; it demands that you live life to the full.
Here are 20 things Jo’burgers love about their city … Continued
The Cape Flower Route is a fixture on most traveller’s bucket lists around the world, but for those of you who love a little nature (while reveling at the same time), we’ve come up with a few ideas for you this spring.
As it warms up and people head outdoors, leave space in your calendars for these inspiring events around the country.
Our list of 30 outdoor spring events in South Africa … Continued
Cities … living in one requires that you open your wallet countless times a day. So, when it comes to celebrations or casual get-togethers with friends (who won’t fit into your bachelor flat), meeting up for a picnic in the Mother City is not only a way to spend time soaking up some vitamin D – it’s pretty kind to your bank balance too.
We asked some city-bowl-dwellers and Cape Town locals where their secret picnic spots are, and this is what they shared with us…
Hipsters may have helped make craft beer famous, but for those of us who’ve enjoyed sinking a cold one on a balmy day in the city, or sipping on one slowly in a field of buttercup yellow canola in the country – we know that there’s so much more to craft beer than fodder for popular urban culture.
The definition of ‘craft beer’ is simply: “… a beer with a distinctive flavour, produced and distributed in a particular region” but other sources describe the product as “…beer not brewed by one of the big “mega-brewery” corporations.
Beer made by a brewer that is small, independent, and traditional.” Cape Town has seen a craft beer explosion in the past few years, leading the real beer revolution in South Africa, so I awarded myself the odious (being highly facetious here) task of revisiting a few of my favourite microbreweries. Continued
I had wanted to go to Makaranga ever since I first saw photos of it on a friend’s FaceBook page and although we made a first attempt earlier this month we didn’t quite make it so were determined to get there this time around. Located in the KwaZulu Natal suburb of Kloof, the main attraction at the 30 acre property (named Makaranga after the wild poplar trees and a Zimbabwean tribe of the same name) are the simply stunning gardens. Continued
Saturday morning saw us, once again, heading through to Durban for the ParkRun which starts outside the Sibaya Casino and follows the promenade for 2.5kms and back again. After popping in at my sister-in-laws house for a shower and change of clothes, we made our way to Morningside for a much deserved (and needed) coffee and breakfast.
Located opposite the beautiful Mitchell Park is a row of shops; a furniture store, clothing boutique and a jeweler. Squeezed in between these three is a smallish kitchen with a handful of tables … this is Chuck and Bobs! Luckily for us a party of four left as we arrived; we got a seat immediately and after ordering a cappuccino each we settled down to peruse the menu. Continued
Rail adventure, in the good old-fashioned sense of the word, might be a thing of the past but you have only to contact one of the 5 following groups of steam railway fanatics to enjoy a ride. Chug along behind a class 15F steam locomotive that, back in the day, transported the likes of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth when they visited the country in 1947.